Zip Link Beds

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Hello, folks. Bit late but Happy New Year to you all, I've been dipping into this site from time to time, but not really following the goings on for a while, until now.

Update to our most popular room is done, very pleased with the result. Now looking at other rooms.

Which leads me to the root topic of this thread, zip link beds.

Not sure if this has been covered before, a search didn't yield anything. Thinking of putting a zip link bed in our twin room, since it is our least popular room despite sharing the same view as our most popular room. 

Anyone else have these, do they work, are they comfortable, any buying tips appreciated?

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i watched their video.  do they sell something to go over the gap?

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we had them.

hated them.

maybe (hopefully) they have improved. i always thought it was a great idea, but not so easy to please my guests.

you MUST have identical sized twins for this to work

we still had shifting and complaints and uncomfortable nights sleeping and more complaints.

even with a big foam covering both then a big king mattress cover over both.

absolutely, you must tell tall folks that this conversion does not give them the length they need. after complaints we had to get extra long twins to make up for that about 5 inch difference.

 

 

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seashanty wrote:

you MUST have identical sized twins for this to work

I think you must be talking about the kits. zip-link beds are specifically made to be split or joined together. 

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Highlands John wrote:

seashanty wrote:

you MUST have identical sized twins for this to work

I think you must be talking about the kits. zip-link beds are specifically made to be split or joined together. 

yes ... it was kits.  this sounds much better  cheeky

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They don't really sell ziplink beds in North America. We have one of these from those people who sell Chinese stuff with fancy Scandanvian names. It serves as a single bed frame or a daybed. But you can pull out the frame and it basically makes a short king (5" shorter than a normal king).

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Yes, Innstyle and others sell the "create-a-king" kits to turn two singles into a king size. I've considered getting one to give it a try. Would be good to have at least one room that has this flexibility.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Yes, Innstyle and others sell the "create-a-king" kits to turn two singles into a king size. I've considered getting one to give it a try. Would be good to have at least one room that has this flexibility.

 I think the problem with this you need to explain the 'king' bed is 'short' unless the kit is made for x-l twin beds.

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I'm looking to get a super-king bed, that way you end up with two standard single beds.

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We have it here (twins) at the Inn, and it works pretty good, and as Camberleyhotel said buy a nice feather topper and ours has a long sponge that goes right in between them so as not to have them separate then the feather topper goes on top. Its great for us since we are a college town and many parents come with their kids-to either the many boarding schools in the area or the colleges and then converts into a nice king size..

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also forgot to say - you have to be careful what headboards you use ie have to be suitable for when they are together and separate - we have a extra long one which is fastened to the wall which seems to work best - but my handyman custom made them - with leather effect fabric so it can be wiped easily.

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I don't think we have them here but I know it's possible to buy a conversion kit for two twin beds. I've heard opinions both ways- great idea and most uncomfortable bed ever.

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We have discussed them - but a long time ago - they don't seem to have them in the USA which is weird as 2 of ours are sealys and this is a USA company! we have 4 zip and links and when we finish our work (starting 8th Feb) we will be buying another - We find that most of the time they sell as doubles - people appreciate the king size (we bought the king size 2'6 single ones) or you can buy Super King - I would however recommend buying a high quality thick feather topper as this means you can't feel the join in the middle. Also you have to be aware you need 2 sets of kit ie 1 king size duvet and 2 singles. Also I try and be careful about bookings and changes so I am not taking off clean sheets and waisting time, effort and money. We have 2 sealys which we are happy with but the last 2 we bought are even better and regularly get compliaments and people ask where we bought them - make is siesta (ive never heard of them) its pocketsprung with a thick layer of memory foam on the top.

We find them very useful as we had rooms 1 and 8 which were very rarely let on a friday and sat as everyone wanted doubles - their occupancy went up by 75% - was definately worth the investment - also you can guarantee that if you have a twin people will want a double and vice versa.

Also if you go for the super king option you can now get zip and link duvets to match (only on ebay as far as I can see) which will save you the storage.

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Thanks, my logic is the same.

The twin is mostly the last room to let.

We have two rooms that look out over the Loch, the double (with king size bed) last year did 57% full, the twin did 40%. The double without the Loch view did 45% last year, even if having the zip-link bed only increased the twin up to the % of the double at the back that's still a big enough increase to pay for the bed in under a year.

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our increase was at least from being empty every Friday night to being full every friday night in 2011 - less so in 2012 but think that was the recession as much as anything else. - the properly maid Zip and Links are best as they zip together which means they can't separate in the night. If you don't see them in the shop ask as they can usually special order them for you - but most bed shops don't stock them as standard due to lack of normal public demand.

also for some reason a lot of them are sold with a light base ie cream - this is fatal! managed to buy a replacement base for one in fake sude in chocolate brown - much more practical!

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